The sessions, which are run in partnership with Cornwall Council’s Healthy Cornwall team and Plymouth Argyle Football Club, take place every Thursday evening, 6.30 until 8pm.
It is a 12 week programme that began in September however places are still available and any male with a BMI of 26 or above is eligible to take part.
Cornwall Council Public Health consultant, Dr Ruth Goldstein said: “These sessions are a fun way for men to take positive steps towards improving their fitness levels and their food intake.
“There are a lot of different weight loss support groups out there but not many are targeted at men so I think it is important to look at options that appeal to them. The sessions combine football, healthy eating and nutrition advice with an added element of competition where teams score points from their games and through their weekly weight loss which helps to keep people motivated.”
Will Snapes West Cornwall Sports and Participation Manager from Argyle Community Trust said: “This is now the second set of sessions we have run and a lot of people who took part in the first set have signed up for the second, however we do have some places left and would like to see more men taking part in them.
“We run 40 minute matches with breaks every ten minutes so that it suits all abilities of fitness levels. Don’t worry if you haven’t done any exercise for a while as you will be in a similar situation to many others on the course and you can take things at your own pace.”
Participant Andy Pidwell said: “The first time I did it I lost quite a lot of weight so I’m fitter, I can run around and I feel healthier. It’s really good fun, it’s a bit of exercise each week and it has a really positive impact on your life and you make friends so it’s all good.”
Making sure that people in Cornwall have better health outcomes is a key priority for Cornwall Council so this scheme, working with partners, is another way of helping people to achieve that.
The sessions take place at Hayle Football Club (3G Astro) and cost £3 per session or £36 for 12 weeks. You can sign up and find more information on the Argyle Community Trust website www.argylecommunitytrust.co.uk
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Argyle Community Trust is the official charity of the Argyle Football Club and it uses the prestige of football to inspire, engage and help people of all ages achieve their full potential.